Cancer patients and their caregivers are invited to join the Mayo Clinic and Tucson Medical Center this month for a free local symposium that will focus on new research trends and resources.

The Survive Well: Living with Cancer symposium is scheduled 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 22 at the Westin La Paloma, 3800 E. Sunrise Drive.

The event is free and open to the public and organizers expect about 300 people will attend. Online registration is required on the TMC website:

More information is available at 324-4876.

For the past eight years the Mayo Clinic has offered similar events in the Phoenix market and in Chicago. This month’s event will mark the first time the symposium has been offered in Tucson. It is being offered through the Tucson Medical Center (TMC) partnership with the Mayo Clinical Care Network.

“A lot of conversations that happen in physicians offices are very clinically focused, as far as what your treatment options are and what are the next steps. But it doesn’t entail some of the other things that come with the diagnosis of getting cancer and so we wanted to address those,” said Stephanie Boreale, senior director of ambulatory services at TMC.

Boreale said the symposium will offer information about innovations in cancer treatments and research. She also said there will be a focus on the nutrition, health and wellness portion of dealing with cancer.